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Kelley Blue Book Loves the Fun, Sassy Compact

Kelley Blue Book, a trusted source of consumer information on the Internet, puts out a list of the coolest cars within a certain price point every year. This year the Mazda3 topped the list of coolness in the under $18,000 range. KBB says the compact car is “fun to drive, gorgeous and tech-savvy.” It calls the car a “formidable rival” to competitors like the Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic by providing more than 40 mpg and sporty performance. Check out the latest Mazda3 inventory with a visit to Chapman Mazda.

SKYACTIV Technology Integrates Chassis and Powertrain

Mazda’s innovative SKYACTIVE Technology creates an interactive experience on the Mazda3, allowing the suspension, chassis, engine and transmission to work together for maximum efficiency and performance. KBB says this creates a sportier feel than other competitors in that class, whether you choose the 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. You can throw the car into corners with abandon while maintaining a smooth, comfortable ride on long stretches of open highway. Buyers have a choice of a 2.5-liter or 2.0-liter engine. The larger engine offers almost 30 more horsepower while sacrificing just a bit in gas mileage.

Mazda Connect a Favorite Feature

Mazda Connect, the company’s name for its touchscreen infotainment system, is easy to use. One touch or voice recognition is all you need to control your music, phone, apps and more. Other favorites for KBB include the blind spot monitoring system and braking support. These safety features help avoid collisions or lessen the extent of damage should a collision occur. Designers have paid particular attention to the layout of the interior, maximizing the use of space to allow 5 adults to ride in relative comfort. A 60/40 folding rear seat allows you to carry cargo as well as people.

Lots of Standard Equipment for the Money

When you look over the Mazda3 inventory at Chapman Mazda, you’ll notice that even the base unit comes with air conditioning, a powerful audio system and push button start. Step up just a bit to the Sport model and you get the 7-inch Mazda Connect screen, a little better audio system and cruise control. At the top of the scale is the Grand Touring model, with leather seats and a bigger engine. You can stay at a more affordable model and still order two technology packages, including navigation, dual climate control and a moon roof.

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Mazda North America Close to Quarter-million Vehicles for Year

By selling 25,616 vehicles in the United States last month, Mazda not only had its best September since 1994, but is also closing in on 250,000 vehicles sold for the year. The crossover division did well with the CX-5 and CX-9 both well ahead of last year. The mid-size CX-5 scored its best September by moving 9,107 vehicles, up 12.5 percent from a year ago. The CX-9 had a 27 percent increase over the previous year, moving 1,559 units. September was the first month of sales for the baby of the group. The CX-3 had a solid month by moving 1,340 vehicles. Check out the crossover lineup by test-driving all these beauties at your Phoenix Mazda dealer, Chapman Mazda.

MX-5 Miata Sales Also Increase

The release of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata was met with love from people hankering for a fun sports car that doesn’t cost the same as a house. By selling 940 Miatas in September, Mazda enjoyed a 127 percent increase over 2014 sales. The Miata recently scored third place in “Motor Trend” magazine’s “Best Driver’s Car” competition against much more expensive entries from Porsche and Mercedes Benz. The magazine’s editors loved just how much fun the new Miata is to drive, which is evidenced in the strong sales.

SKYACTIV Technology Proves Popular

More than 90 percent of all the Mazdas sold in September were outfitted with SKYACTIV Technology, an innovative solution that lets a vehicle’s components work together in an integrated, efficient manner. The result is enhanced performance and efficiency that increases both driving pleasure and savings at the pumps. The Mazda6 is one example of a vehicle with SKYACTIV Technology that enjoyed great sales, moving 4,528 vehicles last month. For more information on Mazda’s innovative engineering, visit your Phoenix Mazda dealer, Chapman Mazda.

KODO Design Reveals Soul of Motion

Mazda recognizes that buying a car is partly an emotional appeal. For that reason the company has embraced KODO design elements that make a car more than just a hunk of metal with an engine. Mazda believes that cars can touch drivers on an emotional plane with designs that reveal a “soul of motion” even when they are standing still. From vehicles that resemble a wild animal on the prowl to an athlete in competition, the Mazda KODO design is reinventing the way people look at cars while leading to record sales.

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Inexpensive Sports Car Finds Place on Leader Board

When “Motor Trend” magazine decides to test vehicles for its “Best Driver’s Car” of the year, you’d expect Porsche and Mercedes to show up on the list. Those vehicles do, but resting in third place and beating entries from Mercedes, Bentley, Chevrolet and Cadillac is the affordable Mazda MX-5 Miata. With an as-tested price of just over $30,000, the Miata cost a fraction of some of the other cars on the list. It was only beaten by the Porsche Cayman GT4 ($105,000 as tested) and Mercedes-AMG GT S ($172,000 as tested). See why the little Mazda is such a popular vehicle for drivers who want some fun without breaking the bank by taking a visit to Chapman Mazda.

Lightweight Vehicle Provides Fun With Limited Horsepower

The Mazda didn’t compare with some of the super-powered cars when it comes to times in the quarter-mile or on the 0-60 mph run, but it more than made up for it in handling and the ability to bring a smile to the faces of the Motor Trend reviewers. “It’s proof you don’t need a lot of power to make a great driver’s car,” said Ron Kiino of Motor Trend. The chassis and suspension of the Mazda MX-5 Miata lets you feel the road as you zip through mountain passes. Put the top down and the excitement is enhanced with the wind whipping through your hair and the exhaust noise bouncing off the canyon walls. While other more expensive vehicles offer a choice of driving modes, the Mazda is always in sport mode. Precise steering and short shifting throws make you feel like you’re going fast.

Driving the Mazda an “Unalloyed Joy”

Angus MacKenzie, senior editor for Motor Trend, said “driving the MX-5 top down on a winding road is an unalloyed joy. This is how driving a sports car used to be.” Stop by Chapman Mazda and take a test drive for yourself. If you find yourself grinning from ear to ear as you put the convertible through its paces, this just might be the car for you.

No Need to Worry About Backseat Drivers

The Mazda MX-5 Miata seats only two, so there’s no need to worry about rear legroom or pleas to put the top up from backseat drivers. It scored a respectable 5.8 seconds going from 0 to 60 mph and ran the quarter-mile in 14.5 seconds with a top speed of 94.2 mph. The little I-4 engine produces 144 horsepower, but because of the light vehicle weight it has a very good 14.8 lb/hp weight to power ratio.